Visit the home and surrounding gardens of renowned artist Claude Monet considered the father of French Impressionism.
Departing Paris via the western districts of the city your luxury motorcoach will take the Normandy motorway to Bonnières. After crossing the River Seine at Vernon we’ll reach Giverny located about 90 minutes from Paris. Your guide will escort you through Monet’s gardens whereupon you’ll be on your own to visit Monet's home and studio on your own.
Monet's home was donated to the French Academy of Fine Arts in 1966 by his son Michel. The rough-cast pink house was where the doyen of the impressionist school lived between 1883 and 1926. Since restored to its original interior colors and charm you’ll marvel at the Master of Giverny's own precious collection of Japanese prints hung just as they were by Monet himself.
Situated just outside the home is Monet's large studio where he painted the famous Nympheas series. Today the studio serves as the Claude Monet Foundation shop. The gardens were rebuilt to their original state and visitors can admire this "painting set within nature" which Claude Monet's contemporaries considered to be among his greatest masterpieces.
In front of the house and studios the Clos Normand extends in straight lines with vaults of aerial plants surrounding dazzling flowerbeds. From spring to autumn the gardens reflect the changing palette of the painter-gardener who was in his own words mad about flowers. Further down and fashioned by a diversion in the river Epte in the shade of willow trees lays the water garden with its famous Japanese bridge. The gardens burst with wisteria azaleas and of course there is the famous water lily pond too. It's a panoply of water and sky that gave birth to the pictorial universe of the Nympheas.
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